FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — After the recent warmth and rain, you might be itching to start planting your outdoor garden.
Stop, don’t do it!
Per usual, you can always start your plants indoors, but planting outside in early April is pretty risky.
A good rule of thumb to follow if you live in northeast Indiana or northwest Ohio is not to plant before Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day is on May 9, 2021.
The average last date of a hard freeze or a temperature at or below 28 degrees for Fort Wayne is April 11.
The latest hard freeze occurred on May 13, 1946.
However, the average last date of a temperature at or below 32° is April 23.
After that, we can get outside and start growing those fruits and veggies with little risk.
A frost or freeze can happen in May, but it isn’t overly common.
The latest recorded frost in Fort Wayne was May, 27, 1961.
Don't put away that winter coat just yet if you live east of the Rockies, as chances for cooler than normal temperatures are anticipated for most areas between April 14th through 20th. https://t.co/OmuELO0Puk pic.twitter.com/pY7T1TuWqQ
— NWS Climate Prediction Center (@NWSCPC) April 6, 2021
If you have been watching the latest forecasts, you may have noticed that temperatures drop below average next week.
High temperatures are expected to be in the 50s with overnight lows in the 30s.